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Alliance board endorses candidates for office in May primary election April 2014
By Gregg Kantor

Earlier this month, the Alliance board of directors announced its candidate endorsements for the May primary election. For this election, the Alliance endorsed candidates for office at various jurisdictions, including the city of Portland, the Oregon Legislature, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County and Metro. In deciding which candidates we were going to endorse, we focused our support on those who demonstrated a commitment to economic development and job creation. Click here for a full list of endorsements.

When making endorsements, the board follows a process that includes interviewing the viable candidates for each office and asking them to complete a Value of Jobs candidate questionnaire. The Value of Jobs candidate questionnaires not only serve a resource for our endorsement process, but also give our members a better idea of where the candidates stand on issues important to business. After interviews are completed and questionnaires reviewed, the Government Relations Executive Committee makes endorsement recommendations to the board, which makes the final selections. Two-thirds of the board members present at the meeting where endorsements are decided must agree before an endorsement is made.

At the Alliance, we value our working relationships with the region’s elected leaders.  In my opinion, the endorsement process helps to foster and maintain those relationships. Throughout the process, we hone in on candidates’ past leadership experience on important business initiatives, their focus on economic development and job creation, and understanding of the role business plays in the region. The Alliance also makes contributions to several of the candidates we endorse through our Political Action Committee.

We will continue to stay engaged in the issues and races impacting the Portland region. If you have any questions about our endorsement process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

In other news, the Alliance’s largest networking event of the year, its Annual Breakfast, is coming up on April 29. The event is sold out, but if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, there is room on the waiting list. Please contact Events Manager Jose Rivas for more information. I look forward to seeing you there.
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